And, for the second-last Saturday of the year, a few stray thoughts and a few general observations and a few points of view (all my own work).
Like in Punjab the Congress wanted to be out power or so it was said, in Assam it did not. And for all Mr. Rajiv Gandhi's personal popularity, the Congress I is not the ruling party in several states.
Like the citizens of Bombay should feel happy and proud and honoured that the Indian National Congress is holding its gala centenary celebrations in their city. Instead, they are feeling annoyed and upset and sued. And I find it very difficult to understand the reason for this.
Like after all his single handed efforts at organising the centenary session I sincerely hope that Mr. Deora's party rewards him by making him a minister at the centre. Better still, it should make him a minister of state, since that is where all power and responsibility lies.
And how times have changed. Once upon a time, if the government raided big business, everybody praised it. Now everybody is condemning it.
Like the argument is very simple. There are three types of people who tend to be corrupt or at least whose affairs need to be periodically investigated since they are dealing with so much money and power businessmen, bureaucrats like income tax officials, and politicians. Now businessmen and officials are being investigated (raided), but not politicians who are the fountainhead of all that is evil or good.
Like I still, remember Mr. Jagijvan Ram's income tax lapses and when he said he had not paid for ten years because he forgot.
Like suddenly Sunil Gavaskar is in everybody good books. Which just goes to show the power of century.
And I am getting a little tired of people writing how badly the Indians are in need for match practice. You don't go all the way to Australia to write just that.
And I do believe that the best job in the world is that of a cricket corespondent. Not just any cricket correspondent, but say Dickey Rutnagur, who lives in England and works for English newspapers, but writes for India newspapers.
And the second best job in the world is that of a racing correspondent, except in times such as these when politicians take over the racecourse.
And this final point of view.
That last week was kirloskar's week and this week has been Bajaj's week. I wonder whose week it will be next week!